Brewed by Garage Project
Style: Imperial/Double IPA
Wellington, New Zealand
Serve in Shaker, Snifter


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The arrival of hops to the brewing scene in England in the 1500’s led to a moral panic. Hops were condemned as a “wicked and pernicious weed”, one which would lead to the erosion of social and moral standards. Thank goodness they were right. Here’s hoping that our homage to the original pernicious weed continues this gradual decline. Organic Rakau and whole cone Nelson Sauvin go head to head in this strong, golden, hoppy brew. Bitter, yes. Intensely hoppy, absolutely. Too much, never.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Hop_Hedonist (259) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - JUN 29, 2013
UPDATED: MAY 29, 2014 Truely a great pale ale. Wow! Super hoppy - just the way I like it! Taken one point off because it’s a little too alcoholic for me. Would like to drink more of this without falling over! This batch is well balanced - lot of malt but so lots of lovely hops! Very quaffable.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
DylansDad (316) - NEW ZEALAND - MAY 18, 2013
Aroma is no shrinking violet. It unsubtly screams citrus, passionfruit, (is it maybe over ripe apricots as well?) and resin. Gorgeous. It’s a very dynamic aroma: in the background the apricot rolls into a yeasty bread cooking in the oven smell which then rolls into some kind of roast nut... but there’s no way I’m gonna spend my time sniffin’ this; it’s screaming "Drink me, bi-yatch!" So I drink. Hugely bitter but immediately balanced with the sweet tastes of the aroma. Simple straightforward IPA, unpretentious, and very drinkable.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
pmuzz (400) - AUSTRALIA - JUL 12, 2013
Fantastic ipa, up there with hopwired. Beautiful flavours and a nice balance that rolls to an aggressive bitterness. Winner.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Mattress63 (65) - AUSTRALIA - JUL 25, 2014
And I thought GPs Death from Above was great beer, this was exceptional. 650ml bottle from Purple Palate poured a dark golden colour with nice head. Smelt great on the pour but its the initial taste that got me. The Nelson Sauvin hops really burst through in your mouth with all those wonderful tastes of citrus, pine and grapefruit but its the kick on the palate that was exceptional. Extreme bitterness that lingers well on, and very easy to drink for an 8% abv.Fantastic beer not unlike Hopwired, but GP does it again. Probably in my top 5 beers.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
omega (721) - NEW ZEALAND - SEP 26, 2012
UPDATED: MAY 29, 2014 Draught: Pours quite a murky golden colour and has a big sweet tropical hop hit on the nose. Pineapple and feijoa on the palate which has good length. Bottle rerate: This thing is bone dry with a great nose and not as syrupy as I got from the taps. Sadly this beer is not widely available as it has the potential to be one of the best beers in the country. 2014 Rerate - still about the same, but now could be more widely available - Happy campers!!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
Tonybaldeagle (61) - - APR 23, 2014
Ball grabbingly taste that shouts flavour & palate with bold hops that leave a warm satisfying experience ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
HopObessaison (21) - NEW ZEALAND - AUG 6, 2011
Tap at HashigoZake - Amazing aroma, huge hops, and a slow building bitterness, would have loved a pint or two but volume was limited. Great beer. 3/24

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Brenhophead (595) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - JUN 10, 2013
650mL bottle. Pours golden with a nice white head and an amazing sweet tropical fruit like aroma. Massive resinous necterine/mango/cherry like flavour which just dominates everything. A nice sweet does provide balance but be under no illusions this beer is very bitter. Wow what a beer, very enjoyable.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
craiggyNZ (9) - - JUN 16, 2013 does not count
Bottle. Great hop bitterness and aroma. I tasted more of the riwaka than the NS hops. Sweet citrus and pineapple flavours that linger pleasantly. Very good. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Travlr (13304) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - AUG 5, 2013
My 100th NZ beer rating, on the sixth day of my trip, and it comes in the least likely place - Taupo, more or less a beer desert. Fortunately I planned ahead and stocked up in Rotorura and Okere. Bottle. Cloudy to murky variegated golden orange color, big fluffy white head. Beautiful aroma of orange, peach, pineapple, tropical fruit, herbal weeds. Taste is bitter dried tropical fruit. Dry finish. I vote against the church on this one - it doesn’t seem pernicious to me at all.

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